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There will be some changes to Policy Online's website over the next few weeks. As a result of our 2013 ARC LIEF grant we are adopting FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology) in order to standardise subject areas and to be more interoperable with other collections around the world. FAST has been developed in collaboration between the US Library of Congress and the OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) – read more about FAST here http://oclc.org/research/activities/fast.html.
When we upgraded to new software and database in 2009 the idea that authors should have their own pages with listings of all their content on Policy Online was obvious. That the organisations that produce that content should also have the same sorts of pages was, unfortunately, not so obvious.
Thanks to the many people who entered the competition to win one of two free passes to Where is the evidence 2013: Recognising the value of grey literature for policy and practice. It was great to have so many enthusiastic entries.
Where is the evidence 2013: recognising the value of grey literature for policy and practice is the second conference organised by the Grey Literature Strategies project being held on Monday 11 November at the State Library of Victoria in Melbourne.
We have TWO FREE TICKETS to give away worth $250 which covers lunch and the full day conference.
Policy Online believes in keeping public policy research available in the public domain. As a collector of digital public policy research, we recognise that while such material is easy to disseminate, it is also so easily lost.
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While knowledge of how people use evidence for policy making has grown in the last few years, little is known about its production and to what extent it is collected and managed.
Policy Online is a partner in presenting the 2nd Australian Grey Literature Conference: Recognising the Value of Grey Literature.
Recent advances in information and communication technologies are disrupting traditional publishing models, radically changing our capacity to reproduce, distribute, control and publish information.
Amanda Lawrence, Research Manager for Policy Online as well as the Grey Literature Strategies project, was interviewed last week on ABC Capricornia - Queensland local radio - by Jodie van de Wetering.
The shadowy world of grey literature
19 September 2013 , 4:47 PM by Jodie van de Wetering
We have recently created a trial Policy Online mobile view for smart phones.
Designed to be accessed by as many different sized smart phones as possible, the site should recognise your specific phone user agent when you click on a report from the newsletter or access the website via your normal phone browser.
We welcome your suggestions to help us to improve our mobile view. The link to a feedback form is near the bottom of every mobile page and also available here:
During National Volunteer Week we'd like to acknowledge our current star volunteer, Stefania Colla. Stefania is studying her Masters of Public Policy and Management at the University of Melbourne, and has also volunteered at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and with the Sail Program (Sudanese-Australian Integrated Learning).
This week we've added Policy History to our growing list of Collections. Policy History contains reports that were released before the age of digitisation. The collection will help provide background information on major issues which have been reviewed and reported on in the past but for which the key documents have been either unavailable online or hard to locate.
APO has just added a new comment system to facilitate discussion on our site. We are using a third party system Disqus to publish comments. The system allows people to login with various social media logins or by setting up a Disqus account with just your email within the widget. The system is configured to allow any verified user (not anonymous) to post comments straight away. There is a basic filter for obscene languages and comment flagged by users as inappropriate will be sent for moderation.
This week we've added a Book Review section to the site and in the Weekly Briefing newsletter. Our preference is for reviews of books related to Australian and NZ public policy but with room for broader international issues. It should go without saying that we are not interested in sales pitches and promotions but publishers interested having books reviewed are also welcome to suggest titles and we'll open up the review process to the Policy Online community.
If you're free and in Melbourne on Friday 22 March we will be hosting an event at Swinburne University called Where is the evidence? Forced Migration, Grey Literature and Public Policy. Starting at 1.30pm Professor Sharon Pickering will discuss evidence-based policy and better use of grey literature for public policy development in the difficult area of refugees and immigration.
Launched this week are our Policy Online Collections. Collections pages are made up of curated content related to either a geographic region (such as the New Zealand Policy and Governance Collection) or a more focused look at a particular issue (such as climate change adaptation and student wellbeing services). Collections also include content that crosses APO topic areas. These collections have so far arisen from partnerships with interested academic institutions and projects.